Game 6 pregame news and notes


Game 6 pregame news and notes

News and notes as the Capitals prepare to take on the New York Rangers in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals 7:30 p.m.):

Beagle update: Capitals third-line center Jay Beagle was literally carted to the entrance of the Capitals dressing room at about 5 p.m. tonight.

Capitals coach Dale Hunter said Beagle, who sat out Wednesday's morning skate after blocking a shot by defenseman Anton Stralman, will play tonight. Look for him to center a line with Matt Hendricks and Marcus Johansson, allowing Troy Brouwer to play on a top line with Alex Ovechkin and Brooks Laich.

Reunion?: If the Caps fall behind tonight don't be surprised if Hunter reunites Ovechkin with old buddies Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Semin.

Tonight's officials: Dan O'Halloran and Wes McCauley are the to referees tonight. Pierre Racicot and Scott Driscoll are the two linesmen.

Forcing a seventh game: Since the 2007-08 season, the Capitals have gone 3-0 in Game 6 situations when trailing a series 3-2. The last time the Capitals trailed a series 3-2 entering Game 6 was during the 2009 Eastern Conference quarterfinals against the New York Rangers. Washington earned a 5-3 win in New York in Game 6 before coming home to Verizon Center to defeat the Rangers 2-1 in Game 7.

Resilient: Since the 2010 playoffs, the Capitals have gone 7-3 in games following overtime contests. In those 10 games, the Capitals own a 4-1 record following overtime defeats. Washington has gone 3-0 following overtime losses during these playoffs.

Climbing the charts: Alex Ovechkin, Brooks Laich and Alexander Semin are the only three Capitals who have suited up for all 49 of the teams playoff contests over the last five springs. The trio, all expected to appear in their 50th career playoff games tonight, ranks tied for 12th all-time in playoff games played in Capitals history. Mike Green and Nicklas Backstrom have each played in 48 games in the past five seasons. All five players rank in the top-20 in playoff scoring in Capitals history.

Ovi watch: Alex Ovechkin has collected 58 points (29 goals, 29 assists) in 49 career playoff games, surpassing Peter Bondra for third place in Capitals playoff history. Ovechkins 29 postseason goals have surpassed head coach Dale Hunter for second all-time in Caps history, trailing only Peter Bondra (30).

Back-to-back: Goaltender Braden Holtby has gone 28 straight starts in the NHL including 12 in the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs without suffering back-to-back setbacks. Holtby has gone 5-0 with a 1.29 goals-against average and a .959 save percentage in games following a loss during these playoffs.

All-time tenders: Braden Holtby has appeared in 12 playoff games in his career, all coming this season. He ranks tied for fifth place in Capitals history in playoff games by a goaltender. Holtbys six wins rank fifth in Caps history while his 371 saves also rank fifth. Holtbys 12 games played and six wins are both the second-highest totals in each category for a rookie goaltender in a single campaign in Caps history.

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3 bold predictions: Washington looks to snap skid in Philadelphia

3 bold predictions: Washington looks to snap skid in Philadelphia

The Caps have lost both of their games since returning from the bye. They will look to get snap that skid Wednesday in Philadelphia against the Flyers (8 p.m., NBCSN). Here are three bold predictions for the game.

1. Washington will lead after the first period

The Caps had bad starts in both of their games over the weekend, especially on Sunday against the Rangers in which they gave up 19 shots on goal in the first 20 minutes. Washington knows that to get back to their winning ways, they need a strong start Wednesday.

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2. Players will be given matching minors

It’s always contentious when the Caps play the Flyers, especially when the game is in Philadelphia. I would call for a fight, but no one fights anymore. At some point, things will get heated to the point that a player from each side will be sent to cool off in the penalty box.

3. Washington’s third line will score

This is not so much as a prediction as it is a challenge. In the two games the Caps have played against the Flyers this season, Andre Burakovsky has scored in both games. Burakovsky, however, is out with injury and Zach Sanford is in his place. The third line has been able to find success against Philadelphia this season and that will continue tonight with Sanford playing alongside Brett Connolly and Lars Eller.

MORE CAPITALS: Sanford is making the most of his opportunity

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NBA Trade Deadline Rumors: Tracking the latest deadline deals and updates

NBA Trade Deadline Rumors: Tracking the latest deadline deals and updates

The 2017 NBA Trade Deadline takes place at 3:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, Feb. 23 and teams are scrambling to add to their roster to shore up for a postseason run.

The rumors and deals are already beginning to ramp up, with speculation running rampant.

Follow along with our trade tracker as we update with the latest breaking news regarding players being traded to new destinations as teams prepare for the second half of the NBA season.



Feb. 22: The Washington Wizards improve their bench scoring by trading Marcus Thornton, Andrew Nicholson and a 2017 first-round pick to the Brooklyn Nets for Bojan Bogdanovic and Chris McCullough.

Feb. 22: The New York Knicks are looking for a trade partner who wants to acquire C Kyle O'Quinn.

Feb. 22: Ricky Rubio's time with the Minnesota Timberwolves could be coming to an end, as the team is reportedly interested in trading him to the New York Knicks for former NBA MVP Derrick Rose.

Feb. 22: The Atlanta Hawks do not appear interested in trading all-star forward Paul Millsap.

Feb. 22: It is becoming more and more likely that the Indiana Pacers will look to trade All-Star SG/SF Paul George, but finding a balanced trade might be interesting. 

Feb. 21: Lou Williams, a potential Wizards trade target, was traded from the Los Angeles Lakers to the Houston Rockets for SG/SF Corey Brewer and a 2017 first-round pick.

Feb. 21: The Chicago Bulls and Boston Celtics are reportedly talking about a deal that would involve sending Jimmy Butler to Boston, but Jae Crowder seems to be a sticking point. 

Feb. 21: The Detroit Pistons are actively shopping talented young big man Andre Drummond. The team made inquiries to the Sacramento Kings about a deal for DeMarcus Cousins, but the offer was reportedly rebuffed.

Feb. 21: The Philadelphia 76ers have been interested in trading big man Jahlil Okafor for awhile now. The Indiana Pacers are reportedly interested in possible acquiring his services.'s David Aldridge says that the 76ers will absolutely trade Okafor by the deadline. The 76ers reportedly offered to trade Okafor to the Detroit Pistons, but the trade was turned back

Feb. 19: Shortly after the ending of the 2017 NBA All-Star Game, the Sacramento Kings finally pulled the trigger, trading All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins and Omri Casspi to the New Orleans Pelicans for for guards Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans and Langston Galloway, along with a 2017 first and second round pick.

Feb 14.: The Orlando Magic trade C Serge Ibaka to the Toronto Raptors for F/G Terrence Ross and a 2017 first-round pick. 

Feb. 12: The Portland Trail Blazers and Denver Nuggets swap big men. The Nuggets dealt Jusuf Nurkic and a 2017 first-round pick to the Rose City for athletic center Mason Plumlee.